South Africa skip­per du Plessis to miss first Test

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LON­DON: South Africa cap­tain Faf du Plessis is to miss the first Test with Eng­land which gets un­der­way in three days due to fam­ily rea­sons, Cricket South Africa an­nounced on their web­site yes­ter­day. The 32year-old bats­man-who be­came only the fourth South African to score a cen­tury on his Test de­but in 2012 — re­turned home for the birth of his first child last week, but will be un­able to re­turn in time for the open­ing match of the four-Test series. “Faf’s wife gave birth to their first child last week but the dif­fi­cult na­ture of the de­liv­ery has de­layed his re­turn to the UK,” said South Africa team man­ager Dr Mo­hammed Moosajee. “The mother and baby have set­tled at home but he will be un­able to make it back in time to take part in the first Test match. “He will link up with the squad in the UK later this week.” Cricket South Africa said on Fri­day that Du Plessis will wait un­til his wife, Imari, and baby are set­tled at home be­fore trav­el­ing to Bri­tain. The first match of the four-test series starts on Thurs­day at Lord’s. Open­ing bats­man Dean El­gar-who has seven Test cen­turies to his credit-will cap­tain the side in Du Plessis’ ab­sence. — AFP

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